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12 For ’12: The EPs That Had Us Popping This Year

They Kept It Short & Sweet In 2012
As far as pop is concerned, 2012 may be remembered as the year that there were more exceptional EPs than albums. While we had to scrape to come up with 10 LPs we truly loved this year — at least, loved enough to feature in our Best Albums of 2012 list — there were more standout EPs than we had space to include.

Call it an indication of the shifting music industry that the most promising artists have to drop EPs first to test the waters before they’ll get the chance to shine on an LP, but the year in short-play releases, from established popstrels like Lana Del Rey and Ke$ha to rising talents like Kitten and AlunaGeorge, left us impressed. And it was the EPs, not the albums, that gave us some of our favorite songs of the year — like Solange‘s “Losing You,” Sky Ferreira‘s “Everything Is Embarrassing” and Icona Pop‘s “I Love It.”

2012 was the year of the EP, and that’s a good thing. Head below to see what Idolator editors Robbie Daw, Carl Williott, Sam Lansky and Erika Brooks Adickman selected as the best of 2012. More »

Grammys: The Most Outrageous Snubs From This Year’s Nominations

The 2013 Grammy Awards nominations arrived last night courtesy of an impressively weird CBS concert, but amidst the many thrilling surprises the evening packed — who among us wasn’t exhilarated by the frissons we felt upon realizing that LMFAO‘s “Sexy and I Know It” had finally received the recognition it  so sorely deserves? — there were also some disappointments. Why did nobody believe in Justin BieberWhy were they so mulishly unwilling to take a ride with Lana Del Rey? Doesn’t anyone want to take One Direction home? These were the questions that kept us up all night.

Head below to see the most outrageous snubs from this year’s Grammys. More »

2012′s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10

The Records That Had Us Tuning In This Year
Here at Idolator, the editors have been continuously sifting through 2012′s releases and poring over tracks to suss out the best of the best. Of course, let’s face it: it was a dire year as far as consistent, solid albums are concerned. Forget the lack of a breakout smash like Adele‘s 21 (which, to be fair, is an anomaly in this day and age) — despite steady sales for Mumford & SonsBabel and One Direction‘s Up All Night, there wasn’t that clear-cut collision of critical praise and commercial crossover with any album, save for maybe Taylor Swift‘s Red.

And, well, lo and behold — Red made our list. As did nine other standout LPs released over the past year that span several genres. After all, cha-ching is not what defines a good album; it’s simply a blend of both songs that impact our daily lives made by artists who tap into a collective commonality and some damn fine hooks.

Head below to see what Idolator’s resident music fanatics Robbie Daw, Carl Williott, Sam Lansky and Erika Brooks Adickman chose as their favorite albums of 2012. More »

Backstreet Boys, Eminem Each Have Two Of The 21 Best-Selling Albums Of The SoundScan Era

Given that Adele‘s 21 recently became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies in the SoundScan era (since 1991), Billboard chart sage Keith Caulfield took it upon himself to tally up the facts, the figures and the legendary crooners who make up this elite group of Diamond-status pop acts.

For music-and-numbers geeks it’s quite an interesting list. For instance, did you know Metallica‘s classic, self-titled LP from 1991 is tops? Or that pop-country diva Shania Twain‘s Come On Over has sold more copies than Alanis Morissette‘s angsty ’90s must-have Jagged Little Pill? Also, Backstreet Boys and Eminem are the only juggernauts who have managed to pull off two albums that crossed 10 million copies, while, in this age of piracy, Adele is the only artist to achieve the feat in this decade (so far).

Catch the full roundup below. More »

It’s Thanksgiving: The Top 10 Things We’re Thankful For In 2012

Nicole Westbrook "It's Thanksgiving"
Attitude Of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is a magical holiday, isn’t it? It’s a time for reflection on the past year and the many bounties it brought our way — and here at Idolator, we can’t help but feel that 2012 gave us an extraordinary cornucopia of pop culture moments for which we want to give thanks. From the instant classic that is Nicole Westbrook‘s smash single “It’s Thanksgiving” (see above) to the hyper-memeability of Lana Del Rey, our staffers each contributed a few items that made us feel grateful.

Head below to see the full list. More »

American Music Awards 2012: The 10 Best & Worst Moments From The Show

Last night’s 2012 American Music Awards telecast felt more like an all-star concert than a typical awards show, jammed with performances as it was — but there’s no denying that some artists fared better than others. From the great moments (Christina Aguilera‘s astoundingly insane medley and Justin Bieber trolling “the haters”) to the lackluster ones (a sleepy Nicki Minaj and another exhausting take on novelty hit “Gangnam Style”), the AMAs were a definite mixed bag, with spectacular highs and dreary lows.

Head below to see the best and worst moments from last night’s performances-heavy, awards-light ceremony. More »

Rihanna’s 7 Best Videos: Shut Up And Watch

Yellow Diamonds In The Light, One And All!
Fasten your seatbelts, pop fans: Pop’s fierce ruling princess (and quite possibly the hardest working woman in showbiz) Rihanna is set to begin an unprecedented promo blitz for her new album, the intriguingly-titled Unapologetic. The centerpiece of this international media blowout will be the week-long, seven-country 777 Tour, commemorating seven years of the “SOS” starlet’s international pop dominance. That’s an exhausting travel schedule even for notorious workhorse Rihanna, but we’re all for sticking to a numerical theme! We just hope she takes seven days off when it’s over. (Not likely.)

With Unapologetic‘s first video on its way (and, judging from leaked photos, the clip for the current Top 10 hit “Diamonds” promises to be a fiery, post-apocalyptic epic), we’re taking a look back at the Barbadian beauty’s most iconic visuals. Staying on-theme, we’ve chosen seven of them — one from each year that the singer has wowed us. This was no easy task, considering the “S&M” diva seems to release a new single or collaboration every two weeks.

But We think the list below succinctly captures Rihanna’s transformation from dewy pop ingénue to A-list glamazon, with a few interesting stops along the way. But of course, we’d love to know which videos you think have defined Rihanna most in her brief-but-brilliant career so far. Post your suggestions in the comments! More »

Election 2012: Barack Obama Wins Second Term, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber React

Barack Obama Election 2012 President victory speech
Watch Obama's Victory Speech
Barack Obama won a second term as President of the United States Of America on Tuesday night (November 6), causing many artists to turn to — where else? — Twitter and Facebook to type out their elation. Over the past couple days, we rounded up messages from pop stars, ranging from Pink and Alicia Keys to Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, who urged their fans to get out and vote.

And speaking of Gaga, she posted the following message on Facebook after the election: “I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT Barack Obama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!! we just couldn’t be happier my goodness, the joy when freedom prevails.”

Head below for more reactions from musicians. More »

Election 2012: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pink & Others Tweet On Election Day

Election Day is finally here, pop fans, and if you’re 18 and over, it’s time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won’t listen to us on that matter, perhaps you’ll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Katy Perry and Pink, who have been tweeting up a red, white and blue storm. Even artists who aren’t from this country are getting into the conversation.

So as we sit and wait to find out whether President Barack Obama is heading into a second term or Governor Mitt Romney will be the 45th Commander In Chief of the United States In America, why not head below and check out our Election Day roundup of musicians’ tweets? More »

Election 2012: Katy Perry, Shakira and Lady Gaga Get Out the Vote Online Via Twitter & YouTube

Lady Gaga PSA Gay Marriage
Lady Gaga Urges Four States to Vote for Gay Marriage
With less than 24 hours till Election Day, the interwebs have been overloaded with tweets and messages from celebrities about heading to the polls on Tuesday (November 6). From Jason Mraz and Katy Perry, who have been performing at rallies in support of Barack Obama, to Diddy and Beyonce‘s little sis, Solange Knowles, our favorite artists have been encouraging us to flex our voting chops and make our decision tomorrow. And while many are pushing us to vote, Lady Gaga reminded voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington to say yes to marriage equality. (Watch her video message above.)

Check after the jump to see some tweets we rounded up over the weekend. More »